I am currently a senior at Oxford High School and a third-year member of The Charger staff. For the past two years, I have had to privilege of serving as the Co-Editor-in-Chief and Entertainment Editor for the newspaper. During my time on staff with The Charger, I have found a passion in design, creating monthly front pages and editing the design of the entirety of issues for the past two years. With the help of my fellow editor-in-chief, Molly Archer, we have worked alongside our staff to produce innovative, creative, and informational monthly issues for our school and town.
Upon assuming the editorial positions after only one year of experience on staff, the least I can say is that I was nervous. I was thrown into the deep end, and it forced me into my best, determined leadership role. With several learning curves, I have found a healthy balance between a fun, familial atmosphere inside the classroom with our staff, and also a studious, hardworking group of high schoolers. Overall, I have found nothing but an enthusiastic, supportive, unique (and definitely energetic) team, making the monthly assignments even more fun to work on together. The success of our staff and the support of our small town makes the high school journalism experience just so special. With the obvious difficulties, such as new staff members every year or stories crumbling apart at the last minute, the overall atmospheres of our staff, editorial team, the school district and Oxford itself have all pushed us to do our job - to inform citizens and students - at its utmost best.
Many of my designs and articles have found me success, with several awards from Mississippi Scholastic Press Association, Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Colombia Scholastic Press Association. At MSPA 2018, I received Best of MS Page Design, and Front Page Design, and I was a finalist for Best of MS Reviews, Infographic, and Inside Page Design. At SIPA 2018, I received Best in Show for Headline Package, Op/Ed Page, and Newspaper Portfolio. and was a finalist for Headline Package and Reviews. At CSPA 2018, among over 11,000 entries in 166 categories, I received two Gold Circle Awards: second place for Computer Generated Art/Illustration and third place for Front Page Design.